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>> our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. >> and the president takes the first step towards challenging congress on climate change. >> we, the people, still believe that our obligations as americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. we will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. >> before leaving the capitol, president obama pauses to absorb
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the moment. >> take a look one more time. i'm not going to see this again. >> what about women's rights? on today's 40th abc anniversary of roe v. wade our exclusive nbc news-wall street journal polls shows for the first time a majority of americans say abortion should be legal in almost all cases. candid camera. the girls snap pictures. they dance. they laugh it up during the parade. nbc's al roker scores a thumbs up from president obama. and gets a running handshake from vice president biden. >> mr. president, how is it going? >> great. >> mr. vice president, hey, how are you doing? come on. come -- come on. >> oh, yeah!
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yes! yes! >> and lady in red. >> ladies and gentlemen, my better half and my dance partner, michelle obama. >> first lady michelle obama dazzles in a jason wu gown at the inaugural balls. well, the daily show correspondents get a bang out of the first lady's stylish new do. i. >> i thought the speech really helped frame the president's jaebd. >> i'm assuming you are referring to your new bangs. >> you mean my b-b-b-bangs? >> i think we're slightly dust racketed by your -- >> by my b-b-bangs? >> yes. >> i don't care for this new b-b-b banged america? >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell. having a little fun there. live in washington where president obama entering his
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second term facing some tough economic choices. in his inaugural address, he served notice he will not accept any budget deal that damages his view of the safety net. >> the commitments we make to each other through medicare and medicaid and social security, these things do not sap our nation. they strengthen us. they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. >> it's nice to say as the president did yesterday that these programs free us to take the risks that make our country great, but it if we don't act to strengthen and protect them now, in a few years they simply won't be there in their current form. >> and there is the divide. joining me now for our daily fix, chris, msnbc contributor and managing editor of post, time executive ed sore michael duffy, amy water, national editor for the cook political report, and jonathan capart msnbc contributor and washington post editorial
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writer. welcome all. >> allege interests biforcated inaugural address. >> would i throw voting rights in there too. >> exactly. >> this was -- i have seen it described as obama unbound, the way i put it was this is a speech of the president that doesn't have to worry about getting reelected gives. there's a reason that this speech tonally and in terms of content was very different that be the first inaugural address that barack obama gave, which was much more. >> there is a harder and wiser barack obama. i think he has given up on what -- i do believe he thought by force of personality he could
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bring about, andrea, which is soling these intractable partisan problems that exist in washington. i think at this point he understands that no matter how much he thinks his personality can be used to bare on these things, he can't do that. so this is kind of a more realistic pragmatic but also more partisan, i would say, barack obama than we had four years ago. i guarantee you democrats were cheering wildly at this speech, and we'll see if he can carry out and make good on the agenda he proposed through what is still a divided congress. >> and not so much the republican reaction, mike duffy. we're talking about climate change, gun laws, things that he did not campaign on with all the -- you know, the claims by the white house officials that, well, he campaigned on this, and is he elected and has a mandate for this. we didn't hear about climate change or guns. these are things that happened. he does seem to feel empowered. empowered. at the same time he is burned by the collapse of the grand
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bargain, and he doesn't have the confidence that he can find counter parties on the other side. >> yeah. you know, his governing and electoral coalition for the last four years has been unlikely thing. it's been big and full of folks that the democrats typically have not been able to put on the table together. it was never in his interest to fully reveal himself and getting re-elected because it might not have helped him. i think yesterday he did kind of say exactly finally in a way who he is and where he wants to go, and he really hasn't before. you know, i was probably the only person thinking about george w. bush's second inaugural address when he said i want to liberate all people all over the world, and even conservatives thought are you nuts, are you crazy? you can't do that. yesterday obama talked about really liberties at home, both in terms of gay rights and in terms of health care and in terms of the power to do good, the power to make good, the power to be something. that was a much more narrow vision, and one he said we won't
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get done all in one fail swoop. to me this was the obama we really hadn't seen, and i think a good indication of where he is heading. >> it was a domestic address. we did talk about -- he did talk about ending wars, but really the focus was on domestic rights, domestic advancement. >> the one thing he didn't talk about, which, of course, the campaign was based on, was the economy and jobs. right? this was an address that really was very aspirational in many moments, and especially talking about equal rights, and at the same time i think there are a lot of americans out there saying right, but what i'm really concerned about right now is where are we going on jobs? what is the future of the american economy? what's the future of the american middle class? i know he will be talking a lot about that during his state of the union speech, so that's obviously his chance to do that.
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>> he was talking to rachel maddow last night, and she said in the past you have heard people sort of check a box, gay rights, civil rights. there was a feeling in the way he framed on that platform it felt different to her. it felt different to me. that was your reaction as well? >> it felt different to me as well. we're all sitting around whether we're journalists or not. we're listening for things. from our own experiences. so when i heard the president of the united states say stonewall after saying seneca falls and selma, sort of an electric shock went through me. whoa, the president of the united states just woef in the gay rights movement with the women's rights movement and the traditional civil rights movement, but he didn't just leave it there. that would have been box checking, but in the next paragraph he talked about our
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gay brothers and sisters and equal treatment under the law, and that went well beyond what i think anyone even expected a president of the united states to say in an inaugural address one of their premier platforms for the american president to not only talk to the american people, but to tack to the world. while this was a domestic address, a completely agree with that, the entire world was watching, and the president said that the story of gay americans as part of the larger american story. >> in a speech where he didn't mention any single foreign country, right? >> and also, chris, it just occurs to me, that moment was in some ways analogous to when hillary clinton as first lady in beijing when we were there back in the 1990s talked about women's rights being human rights and human rights being women's rights. >> inaugural speeches, there
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haven't been that many of them, so when you include language like president obama included, it sends a message not just today but going forward. it's the first time the word gay has ever been used in an inaugural address. my guess is it probably won't be the last time, but maybe it will. >> all the way in which he said, look, i support gay people getting married. it's been a sort of remarkable -- i do think it's both a political journey, but also a personal journey for him. >> mike duffy, now the really hard stuff on if there's going to be action on climated change,
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it's going to be very, very tough, indeed. guns something likely to happen. not everything that they want. the budget, the most immediate problem, tomorrow the house is voting on this extended debt ceiling and this is to avoid a confrontation in the short-term, but the large ers issues remain. >> that was quite a performance saying don't go there. i got this one, and they backed away. that has been lost in the excitement over the last couple of days. it just gets kicked down the road, and can you tell from his speech yesterday that he has -- the democratic coalition is in no mood to give an inch on spending, and it remains the big problem whether you really, democrat or republican, on the budget because it was unaddressed in the last round. you can tell the republicans want to get at it. if that was a sign of compromise yesterday, it was the shortest one sentence sign that i have ever seen. so a fight is come. >> a fight is coming, and we all know that you can not do it
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without dealing with the main entitlements. there is no way -- >> well, that's exactly right. >> there is no way at this stage without -- >> dealing with that. in that speech he made it very clear where he said -- >> he is not going anywhere. >> we do not have to sacrifice this generation, our current generation, because of what we're paying to help the generation ahead of us. in other words, he is not looking to create this fight, which many do see needs to happen over just how much we are willing as a country to spend on things like medicare, medicaid, and social security. >> the white house said if they're going to see spending cuts, then they'll see more revenue on the table. they've been very clear about the fact that there is this discussion about taxes that's not over. >> here we go again. thank you very much. mike duffy, amy, jonathan, and the great chris. coming up next, the reaction to the inauguration from gay rights activists, but, first, new gun
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it was a watershed moment as president obama incorporated gay rights into the fabric of his inaugural address. >> for, if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> among the special guests sitting on the platform to hear that commitment, chad griffin, a strong obama supporter and president of the human rights campaign. chad, take me back just 24 hours
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ago you were sitting on that platform. it was pretty cold. you heard the president first referencing stonewall, which is an iconic moment in the life of america. >> absolutely. >> in terms of gay rights. >> incredible. moving this movement for lgbt equality and putting it on the pedestal with other civil rights movements really is an incredible and historic moment. and i heard that and i just froze. i think like so many americans did with great pride in the tradition that we've had in this country of a constant movement towards equal protection under the law for all of our citizens. it was a phenomenal moment, and then he took it to the next step when he talked about our brother -- our gay brothers and sisters and treating them with equality and equal protection under the law, and it both had symbolic meaning around this country and around the world, but it also has policy implications in really moving this movement forward. >> let's get personal for a moment. if you don't mind. we've known each other a long time. you were a young man growing up,
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hope, arkansas. we first met in little rock when you were involved with the clinton campaign. what does this mean to young boys and girls across the country that might be struggling with their own identity and dealing with their parents and with society to see the president of the united states speaking about this? >> yeah. you know, andrea, that was the image and what was in my mind as he was talking about this. those young kids, as harvey milk talked about in altoona, pennsylvania, or for me in hope, arkansas, there's still lgbt, thousands upon thousands of lgbt young people in america who are struggling to be who they are and live their life as they were born and be accepted at their churches and in their schools and so oftentimes at their own kitchen table with their family, their parents. having the president of the united states talk about gay and lesbian people with such dignity, sends an incredible message of inclusion and those
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young people someday soon -- i will be able to grow nup a world where they can aspire to the same dreams and aspirations, be able to get married someday, have equal protection under the law, and that is the next step in this movement, and the president really has begun his legacy on this issue, this civil rights moment in our history. he has done that in his first term, and it's now time to take it to the next step and to really fully bring about full and complete equality under the law because as long as our government discriminates, it gives license to everyone else to discriminate, and the president put that marker down. >> our military, the "new york times" had a story i've been referencing last week, where a gay couple coming back from combat in afghanistan asked for encouragement to go to post-trauma counseling, two women, and got the approval and went to the counseling session with their fellow combat soldiers and were asked to leave
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those sessions because they were "making their fellow soldiers uncomfortable." what does this say about it? you have come to terms with chuck hagel's nomination and to what he said. let's talk about that because he is having a confirmation hearing on the 3 1st, and you have endorsed him, or you have said at least you accept his apology. >> he said i look forward to hearing how he plans to fully implement the repeal of don't ask don't tell, and bring about equal benefits to all of our men and women serving and in uniform in this country. there is so much that secretary panetta could do here as he is ligue office to bring about equal benefits and there's certainly a number of things that it's my sincere hope that secretary panetta could fully bring about equal benefits.
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he has some time left to do that. there are a number of things that can be done before doma has been repealed, and what is left undone as that "new york times" article that you just referenced so eloquently put forth the next defense secretary, if senator hagel is, in fact, confirmed, i hope that on day one he will immediately move to insure equal benefits for those serving our country. >> what happens if the supreme court acts against don't ask -- doma, rather, and -- rather, supports doma and if the right to be married is unconstitutional under the law? you helped start the ball rolling with prop eight. you were instigated the hiring of david boys and ted olson to litigate that. this is a real gamble. >> look, we have yet another watershed moment on march 26 and march 27th. the supreme court is going to hear the constitutionality of doma, as well as the perry case, which as you know is the prop
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eight case in california, and, look, it's my hope and, again, belief that that court is going to go where it has gone so many times before. like they did in loving v virginia or in brown v. board and erase these skrim other laws from our books, and i'm optimistic. look, the court in loving v. virginia in 1967 was 9-0. i am optimistic that this court is going to come down on the side of freedom, liberty, and equality, and i will retain that optimism and look forward to hopefully celebrating very soon, and once again, those lgbt young people that are struggling in america will soon be able to live life as who they are with true equality under the law. >> chad griffin, thank you. >> it's a pleasure. thank you for having me. >> and next, how will john kerry differ from hillary clinton as secretary of state? assuming he is confirmed. first, we caught up with singer john legend at the inauguration and asked what it is he wants to see from president obama in his second term.
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>> i think the next four years we still have to worry a lot about unemployment. unemployment is still too high, too many people don't have opportunities that need it, and i think that's something the president still needs to work on even though everyone is talking about the deficit right now. i think washington needs to be focused on getting more people back to work. [ male announcer ] kids grow up in no time... marie callender's turkey breast with stuffing is a great reason to slow down. creamy mash potatoes, homestyle gravy and 320 calories. marie callender's. it's time to savor. and 320 calories. ♪ j dreams of landens meet sea, deliciously ♪ ♪ friskies surfin' and turfin' favorites. ♪ ♪ feed the senses.
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columnist for the washington post. good to see you. some would say that this is sort of a reaction or a sort of side effect of the libyan civil war, groups moving into mali, then groups moving into algeria. i mean, there is a real concern about some of the groups are not technically idealogical. they're really criminals, smugglers, pirates, but al qaeda has gained strength in africa, and wea've got a problem. >> we do have a problem. it's a different problem from the problem that the u.s. had when osama bin laden was running an al qaeda that was focused on its core operations. now we see an al qaeda that's fragmenting, that to some extent is dissolving into smaller pieces, an al qaeda that's much more opportunistic. what we see is al qaeda taking advantage of regional turmoil
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across north africa, increasingly in subsaharan africa. it's a different kind of threat. there's a debate as to which threatens the united states more fundamentally, an al qaeda that can attack the homeland as on september 11, 2001, or an al qaeda that can attack gas facility in algeria or a consulate in benghazi? both are problems, but it's a sign, i think, of the success of operations against the core that these smaller affiliates are now a thing we're worried about. how complicated is this? how challenging is this for her, as part of her legacy, or do you expect that since she's leaving office, that she'll get a fairly easy time of it? >> we'll have to e. the republicans had wanted in a sense a political scale.
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they were unanticipate that secretary clinton couldn't testify before because she was unwell after her fall. >> saeblg clinton is going to take a lot of criticism for what happened in benghazi. i think she's also going to push back. i think she's going to say to congress, look, if you want more security at our diplomatic facilities, have you to pay for it. it's the case that in many places around the world the state department is required to go for the lowest cost security contractors as opposed to the ones that can do the best job. i bet she'll talk about that, and give as good as she gets.
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this is her big parting appearance, and i think the senate, even her critics on the gop side, are going to comment the performance that she has made as secretary. i think all of washington thinks she's done a good job. >> indeed. thank you very much, david, from the washington post. >> thanks. >> coming up next, 40 years after roe v. wade, a reaction to moments like these. >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing done. >> life is a gift from god, and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to lap. >> this contraseptive thing, my gosh, it's such inexpensive. back in my days they use bare aspirin for contraceptions. the gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly. >> what does it say about the college co-ed, susan fluke, who goes before a congressional
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committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? what does that make her? >> you just got off the phone with president obama. >> yes, i did. >> the stakes have been raised pretty high, but what did he say to you? >> he -- you know, he encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of american women and what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud and that meant a lot because rush limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me for over 60,000 california foster children,
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a lot hasn't changed. the action has been at the state level, legislatures, governors, restricting access to abortion, particularly for federally funded or publicly funded abortion. >> i think for a long time after roe was decided the action was in the court to try to overturn roe v. wade, and that's clearly not gone anywhere. the action has shifted to state legislatures, and since roe was decided, something like 750 restrictions have been passed by the states. now, they range all the way from requiring women to get notification or counseling or have ultrasound treatments, restricting how women can be told that abortion is available. parental consent for minors to have abortion. restriction on the people who provide abortion. >> restrictions on when procedures can be performed and whether you have to have exceptions for the life and health of the mother. the action has all shifted to the states. >> how has the supreme court changed since the days of the
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burger court when she was first argued? >> all those justices are gone, of course, and the original roe v. wade decision was 7-2. if you look at the supreme court now, it's generally thought to be 5-4 in support of roe, with the -- with justice kennedy being the critical vote joining the four more liberal justices who would uphold roe and then the conservatives led by chief justice roberts, scalia, generally thought of as those who would overturn roe if they got the opportunity. >> do you foresee that opportunity coming to the level of the high court? >> well, not in the next -- not in the next four years. the critical question will be is ruth gator ginsberg going to retire? that's in her time frame when she would want to start thinking about rear tirmt. would she do so before the end of the obama pregnancy so he can nominate and a presumably democratic controlled senate nomination could confirm -- justice kennedy is in play.
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while he has been supportive and probably wouldn't vote to overturn roe, did he vote to uphold partial-birth abortion. >> pete williams, our expert on all things supreme court. thank you, my friend. >> you bet. >> and on january 22nd, 1973, when the court handed down its decision in roev wade, this case had been argued to chief justice burger by a young texas attorney named sarah wittington. >> you may proceed whenever you're ready. >> we are not here to advocate abortion. we did not ask this court to rule that abortion is good. we are here to advocate that the decision as to whether whether or not a particular woman will continue to carry or will terminate a pregnancy is a decision that should be made by that individual. that, in fact, she has a constitutional right to make that decision for herself. >> and joining me now is sarah wettington, who went on to serve as a special assistant to president jimmy carter, as well as the first woman elected to the texas house of representatives.
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very good to see you again. well, this, of course, 40 years later, your thoughts? you say you still have a signed copy of that decision from the justices from 1973. >> absolutely. >> tell us about what's happened over these years to you and to the law. >> i think that it's kind of like an up and down roller coaster because on the one hand roe versus wade is still the law, and it's strongly still the law. when you asked a while ago what's happened to the supreme court, one of the things i thought we should have said was when i argued it, it was nine men and today there are at least three women on it. one is ruth baiter ginsberg, who is very strongly in favor of roe. as your correspondent was indicating, now all of the issue is but will abortion be available because at the states there are so many restrictions being passed. the other thing that's happening is a lot of women are beginning
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to really pay attention, whereas so many women are so young they cannot remember before roe versus wade, but, for example, today i'm in portland. we'll have 1,000 women, some men with them, here for our lunch to celebrate roe versus wade. a lot more contributions, a lot more intensity about their determination that we not go backwards. >> in fact, the nbc news-wall street journal poll, which is just out now, on this subject shows that there is a majority support for the first time, since we've been polling this issue since 1989, a majority in favor of abortion rights in most cases, and also you've got seven in ten against roe v. wade being overturned. >> yes. and, see, i think those numbers are so important, and i noticed before i was on the program that you were talking about the fact that if you look at the vote in
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the next -- in the last presidential election, there were so many women who voted for obama, and that was true of hispanics, of black, of just all ages. women said, no, we're not going to have a president who is opposed to our making our own decisions. that was critical in this election. >> sarah, what are the next challenges, because as we've been pointing out and as pete williams just pointed out, state by state already roll-backs. i know that planned parenthood has been very active trying to protect access to abortion rights and to contraseptive rights and to family planning. are you facing a real uphill fight there because of the republican governors and the legislators who feel very, very differently? >> yes, and i come from a state, texas, where that's very true. so we're really looking at a variety of things. how do we get more younger people to be involved?
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i have a button i wear. i it's a coat hanger with a/across it. i was on an airplane, and the flight attendant, a young woman, kept looking at that button, and she would go around and come back, look again, and finally she said to me what do you have against coat hangers? i had to explain that to us that meant no more illegal abortion, no more coat hanger abortion. we've got to reach out and educate a younger generation. second, that younger generation really knows how to use social media. i don't. i don't have a facebook. i don't have a twitter. we've got to get more of them involved because they're really better at organizing a younger group than those of us who are somewhat old are. i think the other thing is bringing back in women of my generation who do remember what it was like. part of the case started because women who were graduate students at the university of texas were upset because at the university of texas health center you could not get contraception unless you
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certified you were within six weeks of marriage, so there were a lot of unplanned pregnancies, and then they were asking information about where could they go for abortion, and these women who were doing counseling were trying to tell them where -- illegal places, but keep them out of the bad illegal places. it's why the medical community has always been so supportive of abortion being legal. >> sarah, thank you very much on this anniversary, 40 years later. meanwhile, opponents of abortion gathered on capitol hill today and they are still working very hard to overturn roe v. wade. >> on this 40th anniversary of roe versus wade we remember the 55 million babies who have been aborted. we must press on. with hope that one day we will live in a country where each and every life born and unborn is respected, valued, and given the opportunity to pursue his or her
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dreams. >> and joining me now here is marjorie, who is president of the susan b. anthony list, one of the leading voices in the anti-abortion rights movement. thank you very much for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> you saw our polling where public opinion is very much moving in a different direction, so what is the strategy, political strategy, and legal strategy of your movement? >> well, your poll is a snip et after the election, and it is a sign post in time. however, the trend line and gallop has shown over many years is that what they call pro-life is the new norm. the gallop numbers. >> those were from 2010, and it's when people are asked about being pro-life or anti-life? it's a different terminology, and it's not. >> it's a benchmark, and the trend has been more and more people, young people, calling
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themselves pro-life over pro-choice opposing more abortions than they support wherebying the same is true of women and even the sarah wettington generation that she's speaking of. now, in your poll, i noticed, and i have to correct pete on two points. in your poll is represents what he suggested of the case was that somehow roe only touched the first round muster. it's clear it's up until viability. those are the trimesters. that's why it was set up like that. casey was also very clear. it said no restricks up until the point of viability. after that doe said only if it was to protect the life and health of the mother. now, in roe the woman at stake, the woman who was being represented now is very strongly pro-life. >> she's had a very strong change of heart. >> she has. young people are going to be marching in the streets at the big e march for life that has occurred in many, many years, and it is because of one thing. it is the civil rights movement
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of their generation. they see another human being, and that has been a change from i think the older generation to now. they look at sonno grams and now they're looking at another human being saying there are two people to be thinking about here. how do we love and protect them both and bring them both into the world, and that is very attractive. that love is very attractive to young people, and that's inspiring. >> do you feel that the technology that does show with sonno grams and other new methods you can see what the fetus looks like at a far earlier stage. does that redefine viability as far as you're concerned and does that help you both politically and legally? >> regardless of legal terms, yes, i think it does. however, i think hearts and minds, again, that's why hearts and minds have changed. they've seen fetal surgery. they've seen pictures early on. women see their own children and put it up on their screen saver and say they don't say that's a
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choice. they say that is my unborn child. that is a fund mental disconnect that the pro-choice mooumt has to grapple with because now it is -- now there are two people to deal with, so they got the whole ball of wax. now to get to common ground, which is what we're arguing about on a state level and federal level, 60%, 70%, 80% of people are all for late trimester bans. they're all for parental noikz. therefore, stopping taxpayer funding of abortion. should we be cull babble of something we think is the taking of another human life? i don't think so. that's actually the trend. that's what we've seen. regardless the election that we just went tloo that was -- we are going to recover from because we have leaders like we just saw stepping up to take the case. >> well, we have to leave it there. thank you very much. >> thank you for having me. >> we'll be right back. wer chol,
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from outgoing chairman john kerry and tomorrow they get the chance to question hillary clinton about benghazi. senator menendez joins me now. congratulations and thanks very much for joining us today. tell me about the benghazi hearings. what do you want to hear from secretary clinton? >> well, secretary clinton had made a commitment to come before the committee two months ago. once the accountability review committees recommendations came forth. they came forthright before she got ill and honoring the commitment coming forth tomorrow. and i think basically from my perspective this is about building upon the review board's recommendations which the secretary and the department of state have fully accepted. where are we at in that implementation process?
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what are the keys we learned from benghazi? how do we make sure that our diplomat corps across the globe, particularly in highly risky places in the world, can be as safe as possible? i'm looking at it as an opportunity to build upon the lessons learned as we approach a new secretary of state in john kerry and what responsibility congress has, as well as the state department. >> what about her responsibility, the state department's responsibility? there were warnings of ambassador stevens security was not good in benghazi? what about his request for help and the state department did not provide more security? >> well, i think there's an incomplete story there that the reality is that, first of all, ambassador stevens made a clear determination to go to benghazi. that's where the heart of the revolution was. it was a special mission. it wasn't a full consulate or an
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embassy. that is something we have to learn from in the future if we will have such places in high risk locations, what is the right security for such a location. i think, also, there's lessons to be learned about while there was no specific threat as it relates to benghazi, the reality is that we have to look at overall environment in a country to determine what is the risk to our dip plo mattic corps and the lessons that the accountability review board came forth with. and it is lessons that i think the department is taken to heart. it's also about what are we willing to do in congress to make sure that these posts in high risk countries are brought up to standards so that we can protect our diplomatic corps engaging in robust diplomacy? we have 24 such locations across the world determined to be at high risk, and yet, we only
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under the present resources, we only are able to take about three a year and bring them up to standards. we want to wait eight years and put our diplomatic corps this those countries in risk or accelerate the process? those are some of the questions to be pursued. >> senator, thank you very much. we'll be watching tomorrow. >> thank you. >> we'll be right back. you can't believe you lost. when what you just bought, just broke. or when you have a little trouble a long way from home... as an american express cardmember you can expect some help. but what you might not expect, is you can get all this with a prepaid card. spends like cash. feels like membership.
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Andrea Mitchell Reports
MSNBC January 22, 2013 10:00am-11:00am PST

News/Business. Interviews with political figures with host Andrea Mitchell. New.

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